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Official says Sioux Falls park review wasn’t a safety audit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A 2-year-old review of Falls Park that Sioux Falls officials used to defend safety protocol at the park where a 5-year-old girl drowned on March 18 was actually a training exercise. Documents released to the Argus Leader newspaper show that what the city cited as an “independent review” and...
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Ground broken for Souris River flood protection project

MINOT, N.D. (AP) – Ground has been broken for the first three phases of a long-term flood protection project for the Souris River Valley. Flooding in 2011 caused an estimated $1 billion in damage in the region and prompted the evacuation of more than 11,000 people in Minot. Officials on Wednesday held a ground-breaking...
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Mother whose son died in state custody withdrawing lawsuit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Brookings woman who sued South Dakota Department of Corrections employees after her son died in state custody is withdrawing the lawsuit. The Argus Leader reports Dawn Van Ballegooyen told a judge she would end the lawsuit and file a new action against the state in the death of...
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Soybean acres to exceed corn for the first time in 35 years

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Corn has been dethroned as the king of crops as farmers report they intend to plant more soybeans than corn for the first time in 35 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its annual prospective planting report released Thursday that farmers intend to plant 89 million acres...
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Active Duty Military Taking Distance Courses Qualify for Reduced Rate

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Active duty service members enrolled in distance courses offered by all six public universities in South Dakota will soon qualify for a reduced tuition rate. As approved this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents, the new rate is effective beginning in the summer 2018 term. The new tuition rate...
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Democratic Party May Show Complete Slate of Candidates for November Election

The Democratic party in South Dakota may have candidates on the ballot for all 105 state senate and house races this fall—something that may never have happened before in the largely Republican state. Party executive director Sam Parkinson says the slate of Democratic candidates is looking good.   Parkinson says “there’s some great buzz...
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Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Gov. Dennis and First Lady Linda Daugaard invite families to take part in the annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn Sunday at 1pm (Central Time). Gov. Daugaard says he and Linda are honored to be part of the tradition.   Daugaard admits sometimes he “participates” too.   Daugaard says the...
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US consumer spending up modestly in February as incomes rose

(AP)- Americans increased their spending just 0.2 percent in February, while their incomes were boosted by increased wages and business owners’ income. The Commerce Department says the modest spending increase followed an equal gain in January and a rise of 0.4 percent in December. Incomes increased a healthy 0.4 percent. A closely watched signpost,...
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Study: Armed security officers are on the rise in US schools

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new federal study says armed security officers are becoming more prevalent at America’s schools as a heated debate rages over whether teachers and other school officials should carry guns. According to data from a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and released Thursday, armed officers were present...
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Regents Approve Tuition & Fee Rates for 2018-19

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year. The impact to students in the public university system is an average cost increase of $256.13 per year, or 3.0 percent. “This adjustment to tuition and mandatory fees attempts to keep cost to...
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